The Chiefs announced Friday that they have released cornerback Dunta Robinson.
The team saves a little over $3 million against the 2014 salary cap with the move, according to cap expert Joel Corry — a former agent who writes for the National Football Post. The Chiefs were expected to be in the general vicinity of the projected 2014 salary cap of $126.3 million, according to Corry.
Robinson, 31, had a cap number of $5.3 million in 2014 and $5.7 million in 2015. A 10-year veteran, he signed a three-year, $13.6 million contract last offseason. Robinson was expected to help solidify a leaky secondary, but lost his role as the starting nickel cornerback early last season after the emergence of rookie Marcus Cooper, a waiver-wire pickup from the San Francisco 49ers.
When Cooper hit a wall, Robinson earned his job back and played significant time (and reasonably well) in the Chiefs’ last two regular-season games. But in the Chiefs’ 45-44 playoff loss to Indianapolis, Robinson played a large role in the Chiefs’ inability to cover Indianapolis slot receiver T.Y. Hilton, who made 13 catches for 224 yards and two touchdowns.
Robinson started the game on Hilton and was pulled after allowing Hilton’s first touchdown, on the Colts’ first drive. According to Pro Football Focus, Hilton caught four passes for 64 yards and a touchdown on Robinson.
In all, Robinson only played in eight games, making two starts, and tallied 13 solo tackles, four passes defensed, and one fumble recovery. His Pro Football Focus grade of negative-5.3 ranked 167th out of 195 cornerbacks who played a snap this season.
Robinson’s release leaves Brandon Flowers, Sean Smith, Ron Parker, Vernon Kearney and Malcolm Bronson as the cornerbacks on the Chiefs roster.
Robinson, who was taken with the 10th overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by Houston, played with the Texans for six years and spent three years in Atlanta before he joined the Chiefs. For his career, he has tallied 593 tackles, 5 1/2 sacks, 17 interceptions and 91 pass breakups.